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Newly elected officials sworn in at ceremony

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By Carol A. Clark

The Justice Center buzzed with excitement this morning as nine people took the oath of office.

Incumbent Democrat Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administered the oath of office to incumbent Republican Municipal Judge Alan Kirk before he officiated over the remainder of the ceremony.

County councilors Fran Berting, Jim Hall and Geoff Rodgers, all former councilors and newcomer Ron Selvage each took the oath of office. All four are Republicans. This means the new council will consist of six Republicans including Vincent Chiravalle and Vice Chair Sharon Stover. Council Chair Michael Wismer is the sole Independent.

Democrat Marco Lucero is the new sheriff in town. His wife Sandy Lucero and daughter Lorinda Lucero, 13, were at his side as he took the oath of office.

“Our whole family is very proud of him,” Sandy said. “We know how much he cares about this community and we’re looking forward to supporting him in this endeavor.”

Mike Johnson traveled from Los Angeles to join his mother, Republican incumbent County Assessor JoAnn Johnson, at this morning’s event.

“I’m very proud of her continued contributions to the community that she loves so much and I’m just proud to be a part of it,” he said.

Incumbent Probate Judge Ellen Hong won election last month after council appointed her to fill the remainder of Janet Foster’s term. Council appointed Foster to fill a county clerk vacancy stemming from former County Clerk Mary Pat Kraemer’s retirement.

The newly sworn in officials formally take office Jan. 1.